Cars in the movies: Gone in 60 seconds
- Federico Riccardo
It is established that every film starring Nicolas Cage automatically becomes a legend. In the particular case of "Gone in 60 seconds" there are many elements that can contribute to this title. First of all, the massive presence of collectible cars such as the Ferrari 275 GTB / 4, Mercedes 300 SL "Gullwing", Jaguar XJ220, Porsche 959, Plymouth Roadrunner: cars that the protagonist Memphis Raines must steal in 72 hours in order to save his brother Kip, played by Giovanni Ribisi. In addition, the presence of Angelina Jolie not yet Lara Croft but fresh from the Academy Award for the previous film "Girl, interrupted". Here she plays Sara, a member of the gang gathered from Memphis to steal cars.
But the real female protagonist of the film, the one who can make Memphis lose his head for its elegance, is not an actress, but a Mustang Shelby GT 500, nicknamed "Eleanor". At the time of writing, Eleanor had not yet been identified as a Mustang. But since "Out in 60 Seconds" is a remake of a 1974 cult film entitled "Rollercar - Sixty Seconds and Go!" it was finally decided to use a Shelby also here, as in the film from which it takes inspiration. For the construction of the car, reference was made to a 1967 Ford Mustang to which aesthetic changes were made to make it similar to a Shelby GT 500: customized wheels, auxiliary lights and the iconic pepper gray paint, which makes it particularly elegant. The interiors have also been updated: there is a wooden steering wheel, an Auto Meter racing instrumentation, an aluminum pedals and Hurst gearbox complete with a "Go Baby Go" button with which to activate the nitrous oxide injection. On January 2020 one of the replicas of the car that "interpreted" the film (11 in total) was put up for auction. Its value has exceeded a million dollars. This specimen in particular has a specific peculiarity, capable of igniting not only car enthusiasts but also those of cinema: it was used in several "chase scenes through the shipyard, the city and along the Los Angeles river", most likely with reference to the now historic final scene that sees a mad escape from Memphis from the police aboard Eleanor. It remains to be seen whether the new owner of the car, in driving it, felt the same euphoria as the character played by Nicolas Cage. The premises for a wonderful experience are all there.